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Earl Douglass was born in Minnesota in 1862. As a young adult he studied and taught the sciences in the Midwest. In 1902, he joined the staff of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, in 1908, started looking for dinosaur fossils in the Uinta Basin. After some disappointments, he found the quarry that became Dinosaur National Monument. He continued to excavate it for the Carnegie even after President Woodrow Wilson declared the quarry a national monument on October 4, 1915. Douglass died in 1931, but his legacy lives on with the monument.
Earl Douglass' Proposal
Jurassic Fact: Despite discovering the Carnegie Quarry and spending years of excavating dinosaurs, Earl Douglass's true passion was fossil mammals, about which he published many scientific papers.
For more information: Read a brief biography of Douglass or read his full biography Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You, The Life and Times of Earl Douglass, 1862-1931 by G.E Douglass.
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.